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Old 10-05-2013, 01:00 AM   #31
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I keep thinking about hop additions via a pulse motor. Setting up an auger to drop the additions. I'm pretty sure it won't happen but has anyone seen this sort of contraption.
Pellet stoves. Same size pellet as hops.
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:21 AM   #32
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Pellet stoves. Same size pellet as hops.
Brilliant.
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:38 AM   #33
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I keep thinking about hop additions via a pulse motor. Setting up an auger to drop the additions. I'm pretty sure it won't happen but has anyone seen this sort of contraption.
I built a rotary hop dispenser, controlled by the PLC.
Inside the base is a 24 VDC gear motor and on top the position sensor.
Depending on the boil schedule 60 min., 90 min. or 120 min. the PLC controls the
drop at the right time.
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:56 AM   #34
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I built a rotary hop dispenser, controlled by the PLC.
Inside the base is a 24 VDC gear motor and on top the position sensor.
Depending on the boil schedule 60 min., 90 min. or 120 min. the PLC controls the
drop at the right time.
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:30 PM   #35
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I couldn't agree more.

I consistently look to spend money on brewing gear. Rest assured I will rival microbreweries by the time I kick the bucket.

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Old 11-09-2013, 07:26 PM   #36
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All these things you guys say--basically the same things that I'm telling myself in my head:

-Well, I've decided to build a real 3 vessel brew system. Time to think about controlling it!
-Hmmm, yes, Kal's brewery system is simple and effective. Sexy! I'm totally doing it.
-Oooooh, but this BCS build looks so shiny! I could be so precise with the mash!
-But now it's tooooo automated! Don't you want to feel like you're brewing?
-What's this BrewTroller thing? Level control!? Holy crap!
-BCS vs BT... BCS vs BT... BCS vs BT...
-Dammit man, they're overly expensive and complicated! Just go with simple PID!
-But soooo shiny!

<gets distracted by fermenter project>

-So yeah, I really need to make a decision on what controller I'm gonna use, better go read HBT...Oh, a new BCS build, let's read that!


.....and so it goes, round and round, in my head. I have analysis paralysis!

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Old 11-10-2013, 04:19 AM   #37
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I have decided to do BT someday.. I will probably start with a pid for a single vessel as i am building my massive full auto system.. I like shiny things that run themselves...

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Old 11-10-2013, 11:56 AM   #38
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Ed - that's exactly right. Laughed a bit also. Shiny is nice.

Ph - that's how I approached the project also.

I still keep going back and forth. Who knows one day I may have all 3 set up on 2 different sets. It's just money right?

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